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3.7
Adoptable Pets in Iowa
Volunteers 3 average
1 posted by AshleyRaven, on 2018-05-23 18:52:11
I’m sad to be giving a one star review, however there is no other option after the pain our adoption caused. We adopted Angie on 4/27. During the meet & greet AND the home visit process, we asked about marks on Angie that appeared to be scars. The volunteers that were involved said they were different colored fur vs. scars or they didn’t answer our questions outright. When Angie came home, we discovered that she had a bite scar on her muzzle, 3 scars on her tail, & a fresh wound on her chest. None of these were a big deal because she was with us now & we would love & care for her. 3 weeks to the day later, Angie opened our storm door & attacked a Dalmatian that was being walked in the street past our house. Thankfully everyone is okay! This act forced us to return Angie to the shelter as she could no longer be considered safe to live with our other dog or our two kids, let alone be safe for other dogs in the neighborhood. Upon returning Angie, the volunteers at Dogs Forever told us that Angie had been in “a couple of altercations” at the shelter & that they didn’t disclose this information during the adoption process because they didn’t feel it was relevant as she wasn’t viewed as the aggressor. If we had known this, we could have saved our 12 yr old son from seeing a dog attack, our 1 yr old dog the trauma from trying to break up a dog attack, a $270 vet visit for an unsuspecting couple & their dog, & the heartbreak of having to say good-bye to a family member. While all of the dogs are very deserving of their forever homes, please be incredibly careful adopting from Dogs Forever. I would hate to hear of anyone else going through the type of situation we did.
5 posted by BrandisMWieditz-Jarr, on 2016-03-28 10:54:30
(no comment)
Medical and Behavior Programs 3 average
1 posted by AshleyRaven, on 2018-05-23 18:52:00
I’m sad to be giving a one star review, however there is no other option after the pain our adoption caused. We adopted Angie on 4/27. During the meet & greet AND the home visit process, we asked about marks on Angie that appeared to be scars. The volunteers that were involved said they were different colored fur vs. scars or they didn’t answer our questions outright. When Angie came home, we discovered that she had a bite scar on her muzzle, 3 scars on her tail, & a fresh wound on her chest. None of these were a big deal because she was with us now & we would love & care for her. 3 weeks to the day later, Angie opened our storm door & attacked a Dalmatian that was being walked in the street past our house. Thankfully everyone is okay! This act forced us to return Angie to the shelter as she could no longer be considered safe to live with our other dog or our two kids, let alone be safe for other dogs in the neighborhood. Upon returning Angie, the volunteers at Dogs Forever told us that Angie had been in “a couple of altercations” at the shelter & that they didn’t disclose this information during the adoption process because they didn’t feel it was relevant as she wasn’t viewed as the aggressor. If we had known this, we could have saved our 12 yr old son from seeing a dog attack, our 1 yr old dog the trauma from trying to break up a dog attack, a $270 vet visit for an unsuspecting couple & their dog, & the heartbreak of having to say good-bye to a family member. While all of the dogs are very deserving of their forever homes, please be incredibly careful adopting from Dogs Forever. I would hate to hear of anyone else going through the type of situation we did.
5 posted by BrandisMWieditz-Jarr, on 2016-03-28 10:54:22
(no comment)
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 3 average
1 posted by AshleyRaven, on 2018-05-23 18:51:48
I’m sad to be giving a one star review, however there is no other option after the pain our adoption caused. We adopted Angie on 4/27. During the meet & greet AND the home visit process, we asked about marks on Angie that appeared to be scars. The volunteers that were involved said they were different colored fur vs. scars or they didn’t answer our questions outright. When Angie came home, we discovered that she had a bite scar on her muzzle, 3 scars on her tail, & a fresh wound on her chest. None of these were a big deal because she was with us now & we would love & care for her. 3 weeks to the day later, Angie opened our storm door & attacked a Dalmatian that was being walked in the street past our house. Thankfully everyone is okay! This act forced us to return Angie to the shelter as she could no longer be considered safe to live with our other dog or our two kids, let alone be safe for other dogs in the neighborhood. Upon returning Angie, the volunteers at Dogs Forever told us that Angie had been in “a couple of altercations” at the shelter & that they didn’t disclose this information during the adoption process because they didn’t feel it was relevant as she wasn’t viewed as the aggressor. If we had known this, we could have saved our 12 yr old son from seeing a dog attack, our 1 yr old dog the trauma from trying to break up a dog attack, a $270 vet visit for an unsuspecting couple & their dog, & the heartbreak of having to say good-bye to a family member. While all of the dogs are very deserving of their forever homes, please be incredibly careful adopting from Dogs Forever. I would hate to hear of anyone else going through the type of situation we did.
5 posted by BrandisMWieditz-Jarr, on 2016-03-28 10:53:45
(no comment)
Rescue Groups 1 average
1 posted by AshleyRaven, on 2018-05-23 18:51:33
I’m sad to be giving a one star review, however there is no other option after the pain our adoption caused. We adopted Angie on 4/27. During the meet & greet AND the home visit process, we asked about marks on Angie that appeared to be scars. The volunteers that were involved said they were different colored fur vs. scars or they didn’t answer our questions outright. When Angie came home, we discovered that she had a bite scar on her muzzle, 3 scars on her tail, & a fresh wound on her chest. None of these were a big deal because she was with us now & we would love & care for her. 3 weeks to the day later, Angie opened our storm door & attacked a Dalmatian that was being walked in the street past our house. Thankfully everyone is okay! This act forced us to return Angie to the shelter as she could no longer be considered safe to live with our other dog or our two kids, let alone be safe for other dogs in the neighborhood. Upon returning Angie, the volunteers at Dogs Forever told us that Angie had been in “a couple of altercations” at the shelter & that they didn’t disclose this information during the adoption process because they didn’t feel it was relevant as she wasn’t viewed as the aggressor. If we had known this, we could have saved our 12 yr old son from seeing a dog attack, our 1 yr old dog the trauma from trying to break up a dog attack, a $270 vet visit for an unsuspecting couple & their dog, & the heartbreak of having to say good-bye to a family member. While all of the dogs are very deserving of their forever homes, please be incredibly careful adopting from Dogs Forever. I would hate to hear of anyone else going through the type of situation we did.
A Compassionate Director 5 average
5 posted by BrandisMWieditz-Jarr, on 2016-03-28 10:57:52
(no comment)
Proactive Redemptions 5 average
5 posted by BrandisMWieditz-Jarr, on 2016-03-28 10:57:48
(no comment)
Public Relations/Community Involvement 5 average
5 posted by BrandisMWieditz-Jarr, on 2016-03-28 10:54:27
(no comment)
Pet Retention 5 average
5 posted by BrandisMWieditz-Jarr, on 2016-03-28 10:54:01
(no comment)
Foster Care 5 average
5 posted by BrandisMWieditz-Jarr, on 2016-03-28 10:53:21
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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